○Pitt Street Bridge (Mt. Pleasant) Just minutes from downtown and easily accessible for a nighttime star-filled stroll.
○Brookgreen Gardens (1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet) For a light show in the sky and on the ground, The Bruce Munro exhibit offers a mesmerizing display of lights throughout the gardens that complement the clearly visible stars in the sky. Open until 11 p.m.
○Brittlebank Park(along Lockwood Dr. near Fishburne St.) Conveniently located downtown, a pier stretching over the Ashley River providing a mirror for the twinkling lights above.
○Natural Gathering Grounds(7338 Peirce Rd., Ridgeville ) If you’re willing to take a drive, this camping spot, about an hour away from downtown, has 54 acres of pure nature away from city lights which allows the stars to illuminate to their highest potential.
Bonus: A few extra resources to make your night Sirius-ly over the moon: This tells you what time you can view the planets. Here is an interactive sky chart to help familiarize yourself with what you’ll be able to see in the sky. Download the Star Chart app for your Apple or Andriod device to help identify what you’re looking at while gazing.
And, If you want to go all out, check out this list of gadgets and supplies to enhance your experience.
Be sure to share this list with your celestial-loving friends to plan an evening that’s to infinity and beyond. 🚀
○ On Thursday, DHEC announced1,723 new cases of coronavirus and 22 additional deaths in SC. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 50,548, and the total deaths to 143.
○ Of those new cases, 325 were reported in Charleston County, 98 were in Berkeley County, and 63 werein Dorchester County. Four reported deaths occurred in Charleston County.
○ Over 16,000 peoplefiled for unemploymentbetween June 28 and July 4, raising the total number of SC claims above 650,000. With the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programending on July 25, the SC Department of Employment and Workforce urges those who are unemployed to check if their local reemployment service facilitieshavereopened. (Columbia Business Report)
○ In a chart created by the New York Times, where US states are ranked alongside countries, South Carolina ranked #3 for most confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in the past week. Arizona leads the pack, followed by Florida while the country of Bahrain trails behind SC. View the full chart here. (Charleston City Paper)
○ Harvard University researchersclaim40% of SC counties, including Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester + Georgetown, need stay-at-home orders in order to manage the spread of the virus. Each of the 18 counties have passedthetipping point for uncontrolled spread and are in the “red” risk alert level. (WBCD)
○Thrive Saves Lives, a local nonprofit that supports victims of domestic violence, is now selling masks through their online store. Mask sale proceeds will help women, children + pets that are survivors of domestic violence. Earlier this summer, the organization donated more than 12,000 masks to healthcare providers, those on the front lines + others.
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Charleston’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Civic ○ A new law unanimously-passed last month, will change the way Charleston County School Board members are elected. The legislation will convert the county’s school board election from at-large seats to single-member districts – meaning each school board member represents an entire district and residents across the county can vote for them. This change will go into effect starting in 2022. 🎒 (Post and Courier) ○ Leaders from MUSC Health, Boeing, Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau + other major local organizations held a virtual press conference yesterday to introduce a new COVID-19 warning level alert system for assessing risk and case numbers in our community. The system is supported by data from the MUSC COVID-19 Epidemiology Intelligence Project and public COVID-19 data sources. Ⓟ
Number ○ 2.4 million. The amount Gov. Henry McMaster is investing in SC’s eight historically black colleges + universities from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. This investment will be used to support online instruction by upgrading hardware, purchasing software, eLearning resources + electronic textbooks. GEER funds are federal funds given to each governor through the CARES Act signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. 💰 (SC.GOV)
DYK ○ Oh, shuck yeah! 🌊 Chef Alex Lira, co-owner of James Island hangout Bar George, is offering freshly-shucked oysters directly to your driveway. You can catch the oystermobile by reaching out to Bar George via Instagram. The delivery minimum is two dozen($31 a dozen), and includes a mignonette + the restaurant’s signature green sauce. (Eater Carolinas)
Vote ○ Camellias has been nominated as Best Hotel Bar in the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards. You can cast your vote for Best Hotel Bar, Best Pet Friendly Hotel, Best Romantic Hotel + more here. 🥂
Listen ○ The Charleston Symphony Orchestra has released a Discover Weekly playliston Spotify. The playlist will be a compilation of underrepresented classical composers. In the first Discover Weekly, composers from the African diaspora will be featured + CSO is asking for you to share your favorites to be featured in the second edition. 🎶
Dish ○ Handcraft Kitchen + Cocktails in Mount Pleasant has reopened their doors with a new executive chef + general manager. Prior to reopening, Executive Chef Justin Rambo-Garwood, General Manager Daniel Farrell, + Beverage Director Tyler Rothenberg worked together to produce a new menu for the restaurant + safety plan for reopening.
Contest ○ Mount Pleasant Scooper Star photo contest has been extended to July 21. To enter, emaila photo of your Mount Pleasant pup with both their name + yours. 📷 ○ Rusty Bull Brewing is partnering with Bilda Bike + Severn Made Supply Co. to present one lucky winner with a custom Rusty Bull bike. Enter to win here.
Jobs ○ Bin 152 Wine Bar(152 King St.) is looking for a talented, hardworking + dependable bartender to join their team. If you feel like you might be the right fit, send over your resume and a brief note about yourself. 🥃
WaterCooler ○ The head coach + director of hockey operations for the South Carolina Stingrays, Steve Bergin, has accepted a new position outside of the ECHL after guiding the team to the ECHL’s best regular season record. The organization has begun the search for a new head coach for the 20-21 season.
Answered: We asked y’all to send your recommendations to add to our Park Circle guide(we couldn’t include everything) and here’s what Jess R. said: “Y’all missed Jackrabbit Filly hard, on that list. Best food in the area. Literally voted best new restaurant in Charleston.” Thanks, Jess!
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